Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People? (November 2019)

Question of the Month

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Dr.Mustafa Khattab

Faith Leader

Muslim Students Association

Many people ask, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Some even argue, “If Allah exists, how come there is so much evil in the world? And why doesn't He punish evil people immediately?” The problem is that some people think this life is just like a soccer game, with good and evil people playing against each other. When a wicked player kicks an innocent player, they expect the ref to step in to destroy the evil player or throw him into Hell immediately. We should be humble with Almighty Allah. We need to understand that things work according to His schedule. He doesn’t work according to our schedule.

We as Muslims believe that Allah is in control of the universe. Sometimes we understand why certain things happen; sometimes we don’t. According to the Quran, even the angels didn’t know why Allah put the human race on earth (2:30). Prophet Abraham n didn’t know how Allah would give life to the dead (2:260). So, they asked Allah for answers because they wanted to learn, not to question His wisdom. We believe that Allah is the Most Wise.

How many times have we gotten excited when something good happened but it turned out to be a disaster for us? How many times have we felt sad because something bad happened and it turned out to be a blessing for us? Allah sees the whole picture; we only see a small pixel. Sometimes, Allah would make you lose a job, just to give you a better one. Prophet Joseph n suffered one hardship after another, only to become Egypt’s Minister of Supplies. Maybe Allah would allow something bad to happen to someone to protect them from something worse. A passenger once missed a flight. He was very sad on his way home from the airport. In the morning, he found out that the plane had crashed into the sea. Maybe Allah allows natural disasters to happen, so we may donate and volunteer to help our fellow human beings.    

Pastor Jack Hu

Faith Leader

Christian Students @ UTM

Job in the Old Testament is a classic example of calamities coming upon a pious and God-fearing individual. According to Job's conscience, he felt that he had not done anything that required God to judge him or to punish him. However, God's intention was not for Job to just be a good and moral person, God's purpose in dealing with His people is that He wants His people to partake of Him, to possess Him, and to enjoy Him. After God had stripped away his integrity, Job was able to finally see God and this seeing allowed him to gain more of God.

Rom. 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are a called according to His purpose." Like for Job, the experience of many Christian believers may be contrary to this verse. Actually, the good here does not refer to outward material blessings. When paired with v. 29, the good here refers to our gaining more of Christ so that we may eventually be conformed to His image. God uses all persons, matters and things in our environment to cause us to experience and gain more of Him.

Pastor Raphael Chan

Faith Leader

UTM Chinese Christian Fellowship

Bad things happen to all people! The good news is that no matter the circumstance, we can have a life that is full of joy and peace, and that is through life with Jesus.

Christians have this hope that, “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). When Jesus returns, He brings Heaven with Him. Evil will be eliminated. God’s perfect design will be restored.

Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have enteral life” (John 3:16). This is for everybody.